Definition of MAINTAIN


Source: WordNet 3.1

  • 1. (

    ) cause to continue in a certain state, position, or activity; e.g., `keep clean'; "hold in place"; "She always held herself as a lady"; "The students keep me on my toes" ;

  • 2. (

    ) keep in safety and protect from harm, decay, loss, or destruction; "We preserve these archeological findings"; "The old lady could not keep up the building"; "children must be taught to conserve our national heritage"; "The museum curator conserved the ancient manuscripts" ;

  • 3. (

    ) supply with necessities and support; "She alone sustained her family"; "The money will sustain our good cause"; "There's little to earn and many to keep" ;

  • 6. (

    ) maintain for use and service; "I keep a car in the countryside"; "She keeps an apartment in Paris for her shopping trips" ;

  • 7. (

    ) maintain by writing regular records; "keep a diary"; "maintain a record"; "keep notes" ;

  • 9. (

    ) support against an opponent; "The appellate court upheld the verdict" ;

  • 10. (

    ) stick to correctly or closely; "The pianist kept time with the metronome"; "keep count"; "I cannot keep track of all my employees" ;

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